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What to Know About the Amaryllis
 
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The Amaryllis flower is extremely popular for the holiday season here in the United States. Giant Amaryllis love to rise to the occasion, make their presence known, and never fail to surprise. Our extra-large Giant Amaryllis bulbs from Bloomaker require no care and can produce multiple gorgeous blooms. They make beautiful hearth and centerpiece decorations and are equally as wonderful to give as gifts. Here are some fun facts about the Amaryllis plant that you may not have known before:

  • An Amaryllis plant can live for 75 years when properly cared for!

  • The origin of the name Amaryllis is the Greek word for sparkle. It was reclassified in the 1800s under the genus Hippeastrum, which is derived from the Greek words for horse and star.

  • Greek mythology has a story of a maiden named Amaryllis who grew scarlet flowers in her walking path after her heart was broken. When the flowers grew, the man she loved was enamored, her heart was healed, and thus the flowers got their name.

  • The U.S. imports more than 10 million Amaryllis bulbs every year. Here at Bloomaker, we source our Amaryllis flowers from Peru.

  • Amaryllis plants reproduce by growing "daughter" bulbs next to the "mother" bulbs.

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How to Regrow Your Bloomaker Amaryllis Bulbs
 
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One of our most frequently asked questions is how-to regrow Bloomaker bulbs, specifically Amaryllis bulbs, once they’ve stopped growing in your Bloomaker vase.

When first growing your Amaryllis bulbs make sure that there is always a little bit of water just underneath the bottom of the Giant Amarylis. This will enhance the growth of the stem and flowers. Place your vase in a sunny place where the sun can shine abundantly. The Amaryllis is a tropical plant and grows best in warm temperatures. 75º Fahrenheit is the ideal temperature for them. Within 2 weeks you should see the first flowers blooming. 

While your Amaryllis plant is growing, you can support the stems if they begin to get longer than 15” otherwise the stems may break and ruin your beautiful flower.

3 months after purchasing you will likely stop seeing blooms. This is when you can begin following steps for regrowing your bulbs for the next season! The steps for regrowing your bulbs always depend on your environment and climate zones as well as the condition of your bulb. You can find your climate zone here.

In climate zones 3 through 6:

  1. Cut the leaves off the plant until you reach the upper part of the bulb (this is called the neck of the bulb).

  2. Replant the bulb in a large pot with moist soil.

  3. Keep it far away from frost (remember, this is a tropical plant) and put it away for storage in your garage or a colder area in your house.

  4. When spring begins and outside frost is no longer expect, place the pot outside and keep the soil moist at all times.

  5. Bring the pot inside at the end of August.

  6. Cut the leaves until you reach the neck of the bulb.

  7. Store it in a colder area of the house (i.e. garage/basement).

  8. You can bring the pot in the house beginning November and around Christmas, you should have flowers again!

  9. Repeat all steps again for the next year.

In climate zones 7 and 8:

  1. Cut the leaves off the plant until you reach the upper part of the bulb (this is called the neck of the bulb).

  2. Store the Amaryllis at a colder place in your house (i.e. garage/basement) while keeping it far away from frost (remember, this is a tropical plant).

  3. When spring begins and frost is no longer expected outside, replant the Amaryllis bulb in your garden outside in a sunny place.

  4. Keep the soil moist at all times.

  5. Let the Amaryllis grow and when fall begins you should cut the leaves and cover the amaryllis bulbs to protect it from frost.

  6. Early spring take off the cover over the bulb and let the bulb begin regrowing.

  7. Your Amaryllis should start flowering in early May.

In climate zones 9 through 11:

  • Cut leaves off the plant until you reach the upper part of the bulb (this is called the neck of the bulb).

  • Replant the bulb in your garden in a sunny place and be sure to keep the soil moist at all times.

  • Once a year, flowers should re-bloom. This will most likely occur after a colder period of weather.

If you have other questions about regrowing particular Bloomaker bulbs check out our FAQ page.

 
How to Plant Amaryllis Bulbs
 

Wondering what the best way to plant your dry amaryllis bulbs is?

In order to answer this frequently asked question, we made a video showing your how to plant your amaryllis bulbs in both a pot and vase of your choice. Following the instructions in this video will yield the best results. Be sure to subscribe to our new YouTube channel here for future content.